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Pound to Australian Dollar improves despite IMF downgrade, is this a sign that the Pound is oversold? (Joseph Wright)

I wrote last week about how some analysts as well as members of the Reserve Bank of Australia are becoming concerned that the Aussie Dollar is becoming overvalued and higher than it perhaps should be, and I believe we will continue to hear similar commentary in the upcoming months.

Earlier in the year the Pound to Aussie rate hit the mid 1.70’s whereas the pair are now trading closer to 1.50 than 1.60. Since the Brexit the lowest the pair have fallen to is to a mid-market level of 1.59 so i don’t think we can rule out another move to these low levels as we don’t require the GBP/AUD pair to do something they haven’t in recent history.

In the early hours of this morning the Pound started off on the back foot after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded both the UK and the US growth forecasts for the rest of this year.

Throughout the day though the Pound has climbed, not just against the Aussie but across the board as the Pound as gained against all major currency pairs today.

Despite this boost I think that we could see the Pound trade at lower levels, especially if the UK inflation rate continues to under-perform and the likelihood of a rate hike from the Bank of England continues to dwindle.

If you have a currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Australian dollar predictions against sterling

Over the last two weeks the Australian dollar has been making inroads against the pound and GBPAUD exchange rates have plummeted 7 cents. To put this into monetary terms for any clients that are purchasing Australian dollars with pounds a 400,000 Australian dollar purchase will now cost just under an additional £10,000. However on the other hand for clients converting Australian dollars into pounds this is certainly something to smile about.

The latest minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia gave no clear indication that the RBA will be  raising interest rates anytime soon however the minutes were seen as bullish as it is clear that the next move will be to follow the trend of other central banks and raise the base rate.

UK inflation data disappointed last week which has relieved some of the pressure the Bank of England were receiving. The Bank of England set an inflation goal of 2% and at present even with the drop, inflation sits at 2.6%. Many economists were predicting if inflation rose above 3% we would get clear direction from the Governor of the Bank of England and an interest rate hike early next year was likely. However with inflation now falling the chances of a rate hike have diminished.

Since the UK public decided to vote out of the EU, the pound has lost approximately 15% against all of the major currencies. Brexit negotiations I believe will continue to weigh down on the pound for the foreseeable future as I don’t believe a deal will be struck anytime soon in regards to the divorce settlement or the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

Therefore for Australian dollar buyers purchasing currency on the back of a positive move would be my strategy as I do not foresee any substantial gains being made over the upcoming months. Australian dollar sellers may wish to take advantage of the 7 cent spike in their favour or should continue to monitor the market and try to covert in the 1.50s.

However Australian dollar sellers should be cautious as the National Bank of Australia believe the Australian dollar is overvalued which I actually agree with. At the moment currency investment continues to land on Australian shores due to the high interest rates.

The main data releases to look out for this week are UK GDP numbers Wednesday morning which are set to show a decline which could lead to further sterling weakness and the Federal Reserve interest rate decision Wednesday evening. It is unlikely the Fed will raise interest rates and I expect a neutral statement by Janet Yellen shortly after. This could lead to a further sell off of US dollars and the Australian dollar could benefit.

For people that are converting pounds and Australian dollars for the first time, it is essential that you get the very best exchange rates. If you have used a brokerage for many years or have been referred a brokerage I strongly recommend you compare rates to make sure you get the best price possible and therefore save money. This simple exercise takes two minutes and in the past I have saved clients hundreds and in some instances thousands of pounds.

My direct email is drl@currencies.co.uk Dayle Littlejohn. Alternatively call me Monday morning on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask the reception team to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

Sterling’s Woes continue (Daniel Johnson)

A question of who is worse off.

Australia is not in the greatest state. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) are reluctant to making any monetary policy moves due to the problems with housing prices. Australia’s heavy reliance on the Chinese purchasing their raw materials does not bode well for a stable economy. It is almost as though Australia are reliant on China’s very respectable growth continuing, the problem is China’s growth is slipping and their are rumors some of China’s data releases are falsified. Iron ore Australia’s largest export has fell significantly in price which has caused worry among investors.

Australia’s troubles pale in comparison however compared to the UK, although I have faith the UK’s problems will be short to medium term. Unfortunately due to politicians with their own agenda the UK economy is in tatters. Inflation is far too high, not keeping up with average wage growth and house hold debt is shocking. Bordering on pre financial crisis levels witnessed in 2008. Car purchases are through the roof with loan approvals given to those who are in no position to make the payments.

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations is the main reason Sterling is so weak. until their is transparency on Britain’s stance on exit the pound has little chance of recovery.

If you are buying the Aussie with Sterling you are between a rock and a hard place. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker when the market is currently so hard to predict. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to produce a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. Have faith knowing you will be dealing with a brokerage in business for over 16yrs, Foreign Currency Direct Plc. We are a no risk entity as we do not speculate on the market and we are registered with the FCA. If you have a currency provider take a minute to send over the rates they offer and I am confident I can demonstrate a significant saving.  I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk . (Daniel Johnson) Thank you for reading.

Reserve Bank of Australia appear unhappy with ‘overvalued’ Australian Dollar, will they take action? (Joseph Wright)

The Aussie Dollar has not only gained a substantial amount of value against the Pound in recent months, but also against most other major currency pairs.

With the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) already suggesting that there will be no further interest rate changes this year, they now have the issue of an overvalued currency which is a negative for an economy like Australia’s due to it being so heavily export driven.

The reason the RBA is unlikely to amend the interest rate is due to fears of a heavy impact on the already overheating housing market, as making mortgages easier to come by would most likely cause even further issues for house prices down under and especially on the East coast.

The Australian Dollar is now this year’s best-performing major currency so those looking to exchange AUD into another currency should bear this in mind.

Moving forward I think there’s a chance that we could see members of the RBA attempt to jawbone the currency as they will be looking to keep Aussie exports competitive.

The Pound is coming under pressure as Brexit negotiations take place this week in Brussels, and I think there is always the chance of a update on these which could move the markets.

If you have a currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Australian Dollar continues to make gains – Will this continue? (Daniel Wright)

We have seen the Australian Dollar have a fantastic week against all major currencies following on from both positive growth figures in China and extremely hawkish comments from the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) that they would be more than happy to see the cash rate in Australia make its way up to 3.5%.

Any interest rate change or even just the hint of it happening can move the value of a currency, and considering that the RBA have suggested a number of hikes with these comments we have seen the Australian Dollar soar from strength to strength. When an interest rate is raised it does make that currency more attractive to investors and with the rule of supply and demand if more people are interested in buying Australian Dollars then the price will rise.

Tomorrow morning (or overnight tonight for our readers in the U.K) we have Australian unemployment figures and this has the potential to buck the trend. Expectations are for unemployment to have increased from 5.5% to 5.6% an d should this be true then this may buck the trend for the time being.

Personally  I feel this is a prime opportunity at present to sell Australian Dollars as I still do not fully believe the Australian economy is such great shape that the RBA are hinting that it is, also, although China has recently shown good data I still feel there are plenty of issues still to resolve with the huge level of borrowing happening over there.

If you have Australian Dollars to sell or indeed buy then you need to have a proactive and experienced currency broker on your side in turbulent times such as these. If you feel I could be beneficial to you then I would be more than happy to help you. You can contact me (Daniel Wright) on djw@currencies.co.uk or by calling 0044 1494 725353 and asking for me and I will be more than happy to explain the process to you and help you put together a plan of action.

Will next week bring further movement for the GBP/AUD pair? (Joseph Wright)

Next week there are a number of key data releases out of both the UK and Australia, which could result in a move away from the current exchange rates available.

The Pound has been weakening in recent weeks after some disappointing data releases in a number of sectors within the UK, which is why I think those following the Pounds value against the Aussie Dollar as well as other major currency pairs should be aware of next weeks releases.

An already under pressure Pound could be put under additional pressure in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Meeting Minutes. A bullish RBA could result in further gains for the Aussie Dollar against Sterling which could push the AUD/GBP pair above the key physiological level of 0.60.

Then at 9.30am on Tuesday morning there will be an inflation reading in the UK, which is a key reading at the moment as the rate of inflation within the UK is currently above the Bank of England’s current target of 2%. I expect a low reading to result in Sterling weakness as it will decrease the likelihood of an interest rate hike in the UK in the short term future.

The is also an Inflation Report Hearing next week within the UK which could impact Sterling exchange rates for the aforementioned reasons.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Will GBPAUD rise back above 1.70??

The expectation for GBPAUD exchange rate is rather mixed with the pound really struggling to make much headway following a tough week. Tuesday saw GBPAUD drop as members of the Bank of England confirmed they will not be so positive about raising interest rates. The overall belief the pound would rise if the Bank of England raise interest rates has been supporting the pound but this is now looking less likely. The Australian dollar has also been benefiting and rising because the US Federal Reserve have been slightly move dovish (soft) in their approach towards raising interest rates.

If you are buying Australian dollars with pounds there is a belief we could see 1.70 but I think it is more likely the GBPAUD rate will actually drift lower. This is because there are so many negative factors surrounding the pound and I believe market conditions are much more supportive for the Australian dollar to rise. This largely stems from the fact the Australian dollar is a commodity currency and will appreciate in value when investors seek a higher return.

If you need to buy Australian dollars with pounds the short term forecast is not looking so good. Trading conditions seem to favour sterling slipping, I mean just what would actually lead to the pound rising? Uncertainty over the Brexit and the UK economy indicates to me the pound will remain on the back foot. I also believe the Australian dollar will retain much of its strength in this current climate.

If you have a transfer to make then getting all the information available and tracking the latest trends is key to helping maximise your transfer. A 1 cent improvement on a £200,000 transfer buying Australian dollars could achieve you an extra 2000 Australian dollars!

For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. We are expecting some really interesting movements on the GBPAUD rates, of course it won’t be just downward, there will be spikes to take advantage but you need to be prepared! This is what we can help you to monitor and achieve.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Sterling Under Pressure Again! (Matthew Vassallo)

Sterling is under pressure once again, with heavy losses against all of the major currencies.

The AUD has gained almost two cents at the high since yesterday, with the GBP/AUD dropping to 1.6746 at this morning’s low.

Brexit fears and comments from two Bank of England (BoE) members, seems to have sapped the minimal market confidence that Sterling had started to rebuild.

This drop is a prime example of why clients holding the Pound should be looking to protect their positions wherever possible, as a sustained increase in value is highly unlikely in my opinion.

It feels as if Brexit is starting to take a vice like grip on our economy, which is in turn having a detrimental effect on Sterling’s value.

Add to this the current state of limbo surrounding UK politics and uncertainty over what agreement is in place between the Tories and the DUP party and you can understand why investor confidence in the UK is low.

We also had two members of the BoE speaking yesterday, neither of which even mentioned a prospective interest rate hike in the UK.

Considering the Pound’s recent momentum had been built around comments made by BoE governor Mark Carney, who alluded to the fact the central bank could raise rates, the mixed messages are hardly likely to assist any upturn for the Pound.

Looking at the Australian economy and there is a concern amongst some quarters that the current housing bubble is set to burst, which could put pressure on the AUD moving forward.

Being a commodity based currency the AUD relies heavily on global growth remaining strong and whilst the current climate is pushing investors towards the AUD and its higher yielding interest rates, any slowdown in its export sector will hit the Australian economy hard and the AUD will almost certainly suffer as a result.

Therefore, I would be keen to take advantage of the current sell prices, which are extremely attractive when you consider the history on the pair.

This will remove any uncertainty from what has become a very unstable market.

If you have an upcoming GBP or AUD currency transfer to make and would like to be kept up to date with all the latest market movements, or simply wish to compare our award-winning exchange rates with your current provider, then please feel free to contact me on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask one of the team for Matt.

Alternatively, I can be emailed directly on mtv@currencies.co.uk.

 

Australian dollar overvalued? (Dayle Littlejohn)

In recent times major central banks including the European central bank, Bank of England, Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve have been taking a hawkish approach and indicating that they could be raising interest rates in the near future. When a central bank raises interest rates we tend to see the currency strengthen as investors flock to the currency.

However the tone from the Reserve Bank of Australia was far from hawkish when they released their latest monetary policy decisions over a week ago. The National Australian Bank believe that the Australia dollar is overpriced at present and if the RBA gave a hawkish statement the dollar would be purchased further and therefore increase in value.

Looking further ahead the NAB believe the Federal reserve will continue to raise interest rates which will mean investment will leave the Australian dollar and strengthen the US dollar, and I have to agree with the predictions.

In relation to GBPAUD exchange rates I expect the Australian dollar to devalue slightly however the golden question is whether this will outweigh Brexit? I fear at any point Brexit negotiations could reach a stumbling block and therefore the pound would weaken dramatically.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollar in the upcoming weeks, months or years feel free to email me with the reason for your conversion (company invoice, buying a property) and the timescales you are working to and I will email you with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

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Disappointing data this week results in the Pound weakening, is the UK economy slowing down? (Joseph Wright)

Throughout the week there has been a series of disappointing data releases out of the UK, along with data this morning from Halifax confirming that property prices within the UK have fallen by 1% with UK house price growth falling to a four-year low.

We found out earlier this morning that manufacturing production within the UK fell last month from the month before, whilst industrial production has also fallen on an annual basis.

The construction sector has also experienced a slowdown recently, and with the raft of bad data released this week it may leave many within the marketplace re-evaluating whether there is much of a chance of an interest rate hike this year.

Unicredit (a major Italian lender) this week forecasted a potential spike of up to 4% if there is a rate hike this year, although personally I cannot see this happening irrespective of the UK’s inflation levels and I think that the Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate is more likely to fall between now and the end of the year.

There is talk of a slowdown in the Aussie economy also, but with the UK entering such a crucial time with Brexit negotiations I cannot see Australia’s issues overpowering those of the UK.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.